Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to launch Microsoft Office Mobile on iOS and Android early next year, and screen shots of the software were leaked on Wednesday courtesy of The Verge.
You’ll need a Microsoft account in order to begin taking advantage of the apps, but you’ll be able to use them for free for viewing Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. If you want to dig deeper and create your own files or edit them, you’ll need to have an Office 365 subscription. The Verge said it learned the applications won’t be powerful enough to replace the sort of experience you would get on a PC but it will be good enough for on-the-go editing. The software is apparently on schedule to launch on iOS during either February or March before it hits Android later in May.
Remember, however, that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Office for Mobile will land in 2013. In fact, Microsoft’s PR head Frank Shaw denied earlier reports in October that also suggested the platform was going to launch in 2013.
[via The Verge]